It’s starting to feel like sum sum summer time here in the Bay Area with it being close to 80 degrees tomorrow! I’m in for a pretty wild weekend next weekend being in LA, Ojai, and then Tahoe so this weekend is all about brunching and chilling out to the absolute max. Mayer Hawthorne recently released his latest album and it feels as if we’ve been missing him since like 2012 or something. I caught a DJ set of his a little over a year ago and while it was great to see him back on stage and trying out something different, I know that deep down, I really just missed his usual set. I’m still getting used to a lot of the new songs on his album “Man About Town,” but here are a few of my favorites. It’s okay – sometimes you can’t just listen to an album the first time and right off the bat love every song. That’s just life and stuff.
I spent a grand ten days back home in Seattle for the holidays – the longest visit out of all of my visits since I moved to the Bay. Prior to flying back, I thought that my duration was going to be a bit too long for my own comfort, but I actually found myself really enjoying being home. In the past, I had to make all of my plans one week ahead and jam pack my entire day so that I could see everyone and not have to drive back and forth out of Seattle. This year, I decided to not really do any of that. The home was quiet, the silence was nice, and my parents are funny so they make for some pretty good company. On my second day home, my girlfriends from college and I brunched at Portage Bay in the land of Amazon buildings! This area is so quiet because people only come to Amazon to work on the weekdays.
I’m about a month late on posting this video, but even those it isn’t timely, I didn’t want to NOT share it. This is one of my favorite songs off of Mayer Hawthorne’s latest album and Rashida Jones even directed the music video and had this to say about it:
The video is a parody of ridiculously exclusive parties which are made nearly impossible to get to but tout themselves as ‘the party of the year.’ I liked the idea of the video starting as a sexy getting-ready video and devolving into a messy, very unsexy, unexpected trek. And the final realization is that YOU are the real party! I’m just starting to realize that about myself (which is why I stay home most nights). I am a HUGE fan of Mayer, Kendrick and of the song “Crime” and it was an honor to work with Mayer.
Here’s crossing my fingers that he’ll be touring again this year!
I didn’t know that the music video for this song was released only recently, but it’s so cute! When I first heard this song off the album, I instantly knew that it would be one of my favorites and it’s still to this day one that I like to listen to whenever I’m getting ready.
Welp – it finally happened! I went to my first show since living here in the Bay and I don’t think I could’ve have picked a better show to see. Mayer Hawthorne was the last musician I worked with when I was in Seattle so it was somewhat fitting that he was the first act I’d see after my big move. I’ve been a huge fan of Mayer Hawthorne since “A Strange Arrangement” and when I had the opportunity to plan out a music festival for my university, I felt a very strong pull towards booking him. I just knew that he was going to be something much bigger than he was at the time. It’s been nearly two years and he’s pretty much still with the same band if not the exact same band that I saw him perform with originally. His latest album “Where Does This Door Go?” is an incredible piece that boosts appearances from Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar on his tracks.
Mayer Hawthorne and his band are some of the nicest people that I ever had a chance to work with and they are making something amazing. I was thrilled to be able to see them in Oakland this past weekend. Their new set includes a fresh batch of cover transitions, more tracks packed into the show than ever before because he now has three albums, and some pretty smooth choreography. The video above is a mini doc of the Behind the Scenes look at the making of “Where Does This Door Go?” and I found it to be pretty fascinating. I’m really excited for the direction in which this group is headed in and as long as they continue to tour here in the Bay, I’m going to continue to see them.
Favorite Style Icon: Alexa Chung
This should really come as no surprise. Since Alexa Chung came into my life, I have always been a fan of her outfit choices. I noticed last year, I selected Taylor Swift, but really – Alexa blew her and everyone else out of the water in 2013. With her new book that we are dying to read and collections of hers popping up all over the place, we are looking forward to what she’ll be bringing to the table in 2014.
Runner up: Kiernan Shipka
I always end up making this list too close to Christmas so that by the time I list out things I could possibly want, it’s too late for my family to purchase them for me. Realistically, I don’t need any of these things for Christmas. They are merely just things that I can get for myself in the near future. We’ve actually been doing this Christmas List post for quite some time now so it wouldn’t have felt right if we didn’t have it again. I hope all of you have such a wonderful holiday. I’m off work for the week, but I’m really excited to be spending some time with Yow Yow! and prepping for our roundup posts that we do every year.
Well, we’re having a music moment this evening. I worked with Mayer Hawthorne a couple years ago, but it always helps when you’re booking an artist that you enjoy listening to them to begin with. Prior to booking him, I was a fan, and two years later not much has changed. His music has evolved, his name has gotten bigger, and he’s still got more style than most other musicians in the industry. “Reach Out Richard” was a single off the new album that was released before the album release date and ever since I first heard it it has been one of my favorites. Mayer Hawthorne finally unveiled the music video to his fans and there are three things that we need to make note of:
I go in and out of these moments in my life when I find myself really missing music. The simplest way to resolve this issue is to just listen to my own music, but when you’ve worked in and out of it in a close capacity for six years, resolving that void is a little bit different. Last week I received the sweetest email from one of my favorite bands back home. It helps that I love their sound (I’ve been a fan since their first single,) but they are some of the kindest individuals that I’ve ever worked with. I would have them perform at my wedding if they said yes! It’s this relationship and the relationship that I have working with smaller acts and acts like Mayer Hawthorne that are a constant reminder of how I came to be. Mayer Hawthorne is cool. He’s a man of very little words, but as we’ve all seen with his Lorde – Royals cover released last week, he is a genius. His latest album is a piece of work and one that I listen to every morning while I get ready. I didn’t get to catch him on tour before he left for Europe, but I loved watching these performances. It’s amazing to see how far he has come.
I’ve seen a lot of covers for this song lately, but this one is my favorite! We’re also partial to Mayer. Duh.